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HVAC Trades - A.O.S.


There's a growing demand nationwide for technicians specializing in heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration. Climate-control systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, necessitating the need for advanced training.

Courses in the new major include hands-on labs specializing in the installation, troubleshooting and repair of HVAC systems, in addition to computers, motor controls, commercial refrigeration, and plumbing. It will also incorporate business and humanities courses to further prepare students for their professional careers.

With energy costs at their current level, this program leads to employment opportunities across the U.S. and around the globe. It also provides excellent preparation for entry into baccalaureate programs such as Sustainable Energy Technology or Industrial Technology Management at SUNY Canton. Students also pursue baccalaureate degrees at other institutions.

Students in this Major:

  • Communicate effectively and professionally in the building environment through proper use of verbal, written, and graphic techniques.
  • Develop mathematical skills in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus, using analytical problem solving methods.
  • Be proficient and apply mathematics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and principle of heat transfer to air conditioning designs.
  • Employ logical and concise analytical techniques to solve technical problems.
  • Demonstrate the capability to develop engineering drawings for HVAC projects.
  • Develop skills using specific codes, ASHRAE standards and handbooks.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of HVAC components and how to use as a system to maintain design conditions.
Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020-2030 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Career Opportunities:

  • Service Technicians
  • HVAC Contractors
  • Designers
  • HVAC Sales
  • Controls Specialists

Recent Employers of SUNY Canton Graduates:

  • Day Automation Systems
  • Prax Air, Inc.
  • Central New York Trane
  • Siemens
  • Thomas Associates
  • T.P. Woodside, Inc.
  • Galson Engineering
  • Bomac
  • Hyde-Stone
  • GEMMA Power Systems

Admission Requirements:


The following shows the typical course sequence and program requirements.

Semester I Credits

Semester II Credits

Semester III Credits

Semester IV Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
ACHP 105 Refrigeration SYSTEM Design 2
AREA 210 Sustainable Building 3
HVAC 203 Commercial Refrigeration 2
HVAC 204 Commercial Refrigeration Lab II 3
  GER Elective 3
  GER Elective 3

1 Mathematics level depends on previous preparation, Applied College Mathematics (MATH 101) is the minimum requirement.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours - G.P.A. 2.0 min

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HVAC Trades
Paul Todd
Curriculum Coordinator

Fall Enrollment Trends

  FT PT Total
2022 15 1 16
2021 13 2 15
2020 21 1 22
2019 15 0 15

Graduation Rate Trends*

Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2019 7 57%

*Graduate rates are based on first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen entering in fall and graduating within 150% of time.

Degrees Conferred

2021-22 5
2020-21 9
2019-20 3